The benefits of working and living in The Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is often overlooked as a potential location to seek employment, especially for those seeking employment within the UK. However, this EU country offers a number of excellent work opportunities and an active lifestyle, in addition to being located just a short ferry or plane ride from the UK. Here are just 10 of the many reasons to relocate Ireland and boost your career.

  1. Demonstrating your ability and willingness to work outside of your own country is encouraging for future employers. Travelling is often a necessary component of modern work and employers often seek staff that are able to demonstrate employment in a variety of locations.
  2.  Ireland is a democratic country situated within the EU. It is often associated with high cost of living; however, with the global economic downturn this cost of living has decreased somewhat.
  3.  Public healthcare in Ireland is funded by general taxes and can therefore be obtained without additional charges. For those who wish to avoid any waiting times private healthcare is also available.
  4.  The education system in Ireland is highly regarded worldwide and there are plenty of options for furthering your education or professional development at all levels.
  5.  Ireland is a friendly place, where speaking to a stranger is not a rare and unwanted occurrence. Irish people are polite, helpful and open to conversation. It has previously been suggested to be the friendliest country in the world by Lonely Planet.
  6.  Ireland is often misrepresented as an unsafe country in the media, whilst in actual fact it is one of the safest countries to live and work in, having been ranked as 12th in the 2016 Global Peace Index.
  7.  Ireland is a highly multicultural country with foreign nationals contributing to the countries economy and varied culture. In 2014 the percentage of non-Irish citizens living and working in Ireland was approximately 10%.
  8.  Ireland has a unique and traditional culture to be discovered and enjoyed. It wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland without listening to Irish folk music in a traditional pub while drinking a Guinness!
  9. Landscapes, landscapes, landscapes. Ireland is renowned for its stunning scenery with many breath-taking attractions to visit. These include the The Giants Causeway, Castles (visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!), The Ring of Kerry, etc. You can hike, surf, climb, walk, cycle or just relax and take in all the stunning views this country has to offer.
  10.  Travelling to Europe is easy. Ireland has an excellent transport system including a number of airports that offer cheap and easy travel to a range of locations within Europe. Travel connections to Ireland from the UK are also readily available.

For more information about working in Ireland call 01246 457700

If you are interested in working in Ireland click here to search our current vacancies

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Join us at Advanced Engineering 2018

We are pleased to be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show 2018, the largest annual event in the UK engineering calendar.

It’s set to be a great event as Advanced Engineering is celebrating it’s 10th edition this year. The event hosts multiple show zones including Aero Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Composites Engineering; Connected Manufacturing; Performance Metals Engineering; and new for 2018 UK Contract Manufacturing.

We expect there to be:

  • 15,000 in attendance over two days
  • 650+ exhibiting suppliers and partners
  • 200+ presentations and case studies from OEMs, industry experts and government
  • Innovative and exciting feature exhibits showing the latest technologies in action

We will be exhibiting at stand number K101 in the Composites Zone, we would love to see you there. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, get in touch with Emily Mills here.

If you would like a free ticket to the show register here and use code: 127652

The event will take place on the 31 October – 1 November, 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Join us at NEPIC Cluster Connect

We will be hosting the NEPIC Cluster Connect on the 4th of October at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham. This is a free networking event that brings together members of NEPIC along with professionals involved in the process industries in the North East of England.

Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director of CK, will give a short talk offering his top tips for effective talent acquisition. This talk will give five takeaways on how you can improve your own in house recruitment process to attract potential employees.

It could be that you are thinking about taking on a new hire or maybe like many organisations in this candidate driven market you are struggling to attract the right staff. On the other hand it could be that you would just like a few handy tips to hep streamline your recruitment process.

If this sounds like you, no doubt you will be able to take away some tips to aid your organisation in attracting the right talent.

If you would like to attend this event register here 

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Job of the week: Technical Manager

We have a brilliant opportunity for a Technical Manager to join a leading waxes and oil manufacturer based in the West Midlands, on a full time, permanent basis.

  • Fantastic chance for an established and experienced people manager to join this company’s SMT and to have strategic input
  • Benefits include a bonus of up to 15% and this role will involve some international travel
  • Best suited to a Technical Manager with a strong product development background within a scientific manufacturing environment

Find out more for this role here

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Job of the week: Principal Product Development Scientist

This week we have a very exciting opportunity for a Principal Product Development Scientist to join an innovative and successful company in the bio-fuel industry.

  • Our client is an award-winning clean technology company that have industrialised the process of recycling spent coffee grounds into advanced biofuels.
  • An excellent opportunity to join an exciting and small but rapidly growing company who are passionate about being environmentally friendly in all of their processes, they offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic team and encourage employee development.
  • Benefits include an excellent salary of up to £45,000 with huge potential to personally develop and help with the overall growth of the company.
  • This job will be based at the client’s sites in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire on a permanent basis.

Find out more about this job here.

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Job of the week: Operations Leader

This week we have a brilliant opportunity for an experienced Operations Leader/ Manufacturing Manager to join a growing biopharmaceutical company specialising in conjugation, purification and formulation of antibody drug conjugates.

  • An exciting time to join this company, as due to continued growth, our client will be relocating to a new cGMP facility in Deeside mid-2018 and this role will be located in the new facility
  • Offering a very competitive salary (£40,000 – £45,000 – depending on experience)
  • The successful candidate will manage all aspects of a new product or project introduction into the GMP manufacturing suite, and oversee a team of up to 6 process technicians.
  • You will be degree qualified in science/ engineering or equivalent with hands-on experience in GMP manufacturing within the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry. In addition expertise in containment processing, either handling biologicals, toxins or cytotoxic materials would be advantageous.

Find out more here

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Are you an engineer or IT professional? Take a look at our new brand CK Technical

Calling all engineers or IT professionals. Did you know that we have a new recruitment division that is solely dedicated to technical recruitment?

We are pleased to announce that CK IT and CK Engineers have merged together to form a new recruitment division, CK Technical.

This new team will focus on finding roles for high calibre Engineers and IT professionals in the scientific, chemical, waste, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

As specialist recruiters in the life science industries, we noticed that many of the IT and engineering roles that we recruit for have a great deal of crossover between the engineering and IT sectors. As our brands progressed it became clear that it would be advantageous to combine these two recruitment divisions.

Not only will this merge be an advantage to CK and it’s clients, it means that the years of experience held by CK Engineers and CK IT and their industry contacts will enable CK Technical to offer a wider variety of jobs, an improved recruitment service and help our candidates find the right roles tailored to their specialities.

Also our new streamlined and simplified appearance will create an easier user interface while still providing access to technically-related vacancies and job-seekers.

Visit our brand new website 

If you have colleagues, relative or friends who are engineers or IT professionals within the life science and pharma sectors then please share the news with them!

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CK attend Aston University – Careers Uncovered Event

As a recruitment consultant that focuses on junior to mid-level staff, I find myself spending a lot of time talking with graduates. Helping graduates find their first steps into the world of employment, and secure their first industrial position is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my role.

It was therefore very exciting to be able to visit Aston University in Birmingham last week to meet biological students that were looking to build a career within the life sciences field. The students comprised a good mixture of biomedical Science and biology at all levels from Undergraduate to PhD.

My colleague Natasha Young, and I had the opportunity to present alongside a number of science and technical recruiters, as part of an event run by the Aston University careers department. The event aimed to give graduates a very realistic picture of job hunting within the science fields, and the steps that students needed to take to ensure success when looking for that all important first industrial role. It also gave students the opportunity to learn about some of the biggest players within science and technical recruitment.

During our presentation, Natasha and I spoke about a number of different issues. We focused on the science job market, including average starting salaries for graduates, geographical distribution of work, and the major growth areas within the life science industries. We aimed to give the students very realistic salary expectations and reminded them that a first role in industry is an investment in yourself.

The science job market is very competitive, with the number of students starting a STEM degree showing a consistent increase year on year. Our presentation gave the students some tips on how to differentiate themselves in a crowded job market. The key thing we impressed upon those in the talk was the need for flexibility when seeking their first role. This includes flexibility on things such as location, type of work, industry and of course salary.

We realise though that personal circumstance may mean that many can’t offer this level of flexibility, and so we made clear the importance of having a good CV when seeking employment within industry. This then followed with advice on how to make your CV more attractive to recruiters. Good CVs are clear, concise, have a consistent structure and also outline key analytical skillsets learned during studies.

After our talk, there was an opportunity to network with the students and answer more direct questions about searching for work within the science industries. I was incredibly impressed by the levels of determination displayed by the students, and the quality of questions asked.

We are always keen to speak with graduates that are unsure of their first steps into the science industries. We encourage students to give us a call, and one of our consultants will be happy to guide their first steps into industry. We are also keen to work closely with universities to assist students into graduate employment.

The event was enjoyed thoroughly by myself, Natasha, and all the different agencies in attendance, and we would like to say thank you to Aston University for having us.

If you are a graduate or are still studying and would like career advice, take a look at our Career Zone here.

Or if you would prefer to discuss your career options please contact Peter here.

Author: Peter Smith

Peter Smith

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100 years! Inspiring Women in Industry

This month is 100 years since some women in the UK won the right to vote. To tie in with this we have launched our new series exploring the lives and successes of Inspiring Women in Industry.

It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in the scientific and technical sectors.

With this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Read about Sameera here


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Join one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We are recruiting exclusively for 1 QA and 4 QC professionals to join a biotechnology manufacturer who is globally one of the leading suppliers of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical medicines.

The company:

This household name is one of the world’s top manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human healthcare conditions from cancer to arthritis. This company are a strong believer in helping patients by developing new treatments and taking them to market via their global network of specialist aseptic manufacturing, packaging and distribution sites.

The location:

The client site is located in a state of the art manufacturing facility based in Dun Laoghaire. Brightly painted houses, palm trees and townland parks greet visitors to Dun Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre.

It’s a vibrant cultural hub which is best known for its maritime history and locally caught seafood. The site is easily commutable from Kildare or Wicklow by car and there is a good public transport network if you would prefer to live within Dublin itself.

The jobs (click the links):

4 x Senior QC Associate – €30-35 per hour
1x Change Control Specialist – €30-36 per hour

If you would like any more information about these roles, contact Julie here

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Join the CK recruitment team

We are looking for two outgoing, confident and ambitious Recruitment Consultants to be based at our head office in Chesterfield. Take a look at the roles here: (click the links to read the job description)

Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant

These are opportunities to join an expanding scientific division where you will be working with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and life science organisations.

If you want to work within a great team, in which opportunities are offered, skills are stretched, innovation is welcomed, and excellence is rewarded, you should consider a career with CK Group. We might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Russell Oakley, Clinical Research Recruitment Manager, has been working for CK for 13 years and has said about working for us; ‘I can honestly say it’s a great place to work. Aside from the fact that the recruiters are experts within their fields, the teams are highly dedicated, friendly and enthusiastic all of which comes across to fellow employees and candidates alike. I can honestly say without such a team I don’t think I would still be working here 13 years on!’

Find out more about working with us in our latest video:

If you would to know anything more please get in touch either by email on or tel. 01246 457700.

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5 reasons why December is a good time to start looking for a new job

Rumour has it that December is a bad month to look for a new job. It may be true that December can be slow. Companies take a while to get back to you regarding interviews and offers, HR managers can be putting off tasks until the following year and many people are on holiday, making the entire process inefficient. However, despite all that, the last two weeks of December can be an exciting time to start looking.

Here are a few reasons why.


  1. You have more time

Despite the Christmas frenzy happening in the outside world, December, and especially the last two weeks, can be quiet times in the workplace. This makes it the ideal time to focus on thinking about what you want to do next, rather than wait until January when everything picks up and starts getting hectic all over again.


  1. Companies needing specific skill sets are always on the lookout

This is especially relevant for companies who need specific technical skills. If you are a near-match, they will be interested, whatever time of year it is.


  1. Get ahead of the game

The general belief is that January is a time for change, so start now and get ahead of the game? Everyone will be looking for new jobs in January, so our advice is to get ahead of game and be the first CV on the pile.

If you have found a job listing which matches your skill set, send us your applications now to beat the January competition.


  1. You will come across as determined

Following from point 3, if you start to look in December not only will you be in the lead compared to the January applicants, you will also impress recruiters and companies with your determination. It’s easy to take December slow, but if you are one of those who doesn’t lose motivation and stays proactive, that will shine through.


  1. Start looking now for 2018 opportunities

It can take a while to get motivated when launching yourself into finding a new job. From re-writing your CV to finding the good jobs and practising interviews, it takes time.

On average, finding a new job usually takes just over six weeks. If you start thinking about changing now, you could be starting the year afresh with interviews and be placed in a new job by February.


If all you want for Christmas is a new job don’t fall in the December trap, start your New Year resolution early.

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Job of the week: R&D Project Manager role

We have an excellent R&D Project Manager role, this has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A unique and rare opportunity to join a global company with a focus on medical devices / In-Vitro diagnostics.
  • The opportunity to be involved with new product development and bringing products to market.
  • This position requires a good knowledge of IVD/medical devices and some project management experience.
  • The role is permanent and based at their site in Oxfordshire.
  • The salary range is £40,000 – £50,000 per annum.

View the full job description here

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Job of the week: Technical Specialist

This week we have an exciting role for a Technical Specialist, this job has been chosen as it is:

  • A great opportunity to join a company who develop and manufacture a range of luxury flooring products. They pride themselves on being able to offer their customers customisable products which will fulfil all of their requirements.
  • This role would be ideal for someone who has previous experience working with coatings, floorings, polymers, plastics or rubbers with regulatory affairs experience.
  • The successful candidate will have a varied and exciting job role liaising with the sales/technical and marketing department to offer their technical expertise.
  • The company are able to offer a competitive salary of £30,000-£35,000
  • Based in Evesham, a market town in Worcestershire, on a full-time permanent basis.

Find out more about this job here

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Science job of the week: Research Scientist

This week our scientific job of the week is a Research Scientist. This role has been chosen because it is a brilliant opportunity to join a market leader in their field based in Lancashire. Other reasons this role has been chosen are because it is

  • a well known within their industry and offering a great benefits package including defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days holiday and a healthcare scheme – and an early finish on a Friday!
  • an opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with the manufacturing and production department to apply their scientific and technical skills in order to initiate, plan and implement R&D projects aimed at introducing new products or processes
  • offering career progress as the employing company would like this person to have the potential to fulfil a future R&D Manager role, after moving into a Senior Scientist position

Click to apply


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Pharmaceutical job of the week: QA Specialist


This weeks’ pharmaceutical job of the week is a Quality Assurance Specialist  which is a great opportunity to work for one for the worlds most global and expanding pharmaceutical companies in Montrose. This role also offers:

  • the opportunity to join an organisation that is committed to taking on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges
  • a 12 month contract (very likely to be extended)
  • a competitive hourly rate
  •  a chance to gain expert knowledge and enhance their skills within a very busy department

Apply here


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Science job of the week: Development Chemist

This week our scientific job of the week is a Development Chemist. This role has been chosen because it is a great opportunity to work within a Research and Development Laboratory and be involved in developing new products for the client’s aerosols, personal care and cosmetic products. Other benefits of this role include:

  • the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of NPD process from taking an idea from concept right through to laboratory scale up and manufacturing
  • being based on the West Coast of Scotland and within commutable distance from Glasgow
  • a highly competitive salary of up to £35,000 per annum


Apply here




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Attention all science and clinical graduates

The pharmaceutical account management team at CK are keen to speak to graduates who have qualifications in scientific or clinical subjects.

Watch our video to find out more:

So if you would like to gain experience working for a global organisation that researches, develops and manufactures a wide range of ground-breaking medicines across the pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer healthcare business, please click here to contact Heather

Or contact here on:

T: 0191 3706482

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What is a Technical Expert?

We are currently recruiting for a range of Technical Expert positions. These roles are with a leading testing laboratory who are UKAS accredited at their site in Greater Manchester. So what does a Technical Expert do, and what skills are required?

Firstly, a Technical Expert is a leader in their field of analysis. These people will have built up a strong skill set in their chosen field throughout their career in industry, and will most likely have an established academic background to support their industry knowledge. Most Technical Experts will be at least degree qualified and may have studied to Masters and/ or PhD level.

Secondly, a Technical Expert will hold a senior position within a company and may be responsible for assisting with training and/ or leading junior staff members. They are accountable for providing specialist expertise in the development and validation of test methods as well as designing work programmes. This could be in collaboration with the Business Development team or direct with customers, to ensure their requirements are met. Technical Experts will then translate the newly designed workloads into the lab and will assist with problem solving.

The main aim of the Technical Expert will be to provide full analytical testing support for the products and/ or compounds in accordance with any required regulations (for example, cGMP, cGLP and cGCP) and may also have strict timelines and deadlines in which to successfully meet client milestones. As well as performing a variety of complex sample preparations, the Technical Expert will also perform said analysis procedures to quantitatively measure the products/ compounds in a variety of formulations. This could be for stability testing and other studies for analytical testing support. The ability to plan, schedule and carry out work for successful project completion is also required.

Typically, a successful Technical Expert will hold a number of skills and experiences relevant to their specialised analytical techniques and will be proficient in developing methods and validating the same. The positions that we are currently recruiting for have the following requirements:

  • Proven experience of devising work programmes and analytical strategies (as opposed to just implementing them)
  • Strong method development and validation experience
  • Comprehensive experience of working in a GxP regulatory laboratory
  • Degree qualified or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Considerable and demonstrable proven experience in the practical and theoretical aspects of specialised analytical technique
  • Proven experience in the supervision and coordination of analytical projects performed by junior staff in a regulatory environment
  • Good practical laboratory and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication skills, written & oral and strong attention to detail

For more information about these roles, please contact us on 01246 457700.

We are looking for Technical Experts with experience in the following techniques:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Biological Chromatography (HPLC, UPLC, MALLS)
  • Protein Chemistry – CE, CD, Western Blot
  • Quantitative LCMS
  • Chromatography (IC, HPLC, UPLC)
  • Assay Validation Specialist – chromatography

Alternatively, please follow the links below to review our current Technical Expert vacancies:

If these aren’t quite what you are looking for you can search our jobs HERE



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Job of the week: Business Development Manager

This week we have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic self-starter with a burning desire to succeed in biopharma sales and marketing to join a rapidly growing company in Reading.

  • This client recruits patients and manages data using their technology-enhanced solutions. Their customers include a wide range of leading pharmaceutical, CRO, SMO and NHS organisations.
  • This is a permanent home based position and will require reporting into the office in Reading on occasions.
  • Degree qualified in business management with significant experience within the pharmaceutical industry, MSc or MBA (or equivalent) qualification is desirable
  • Must have experience of lead generation, nurturing and marketing to clients and prospects.
  • Experience in patient recruitment would be a bonus
  • A competitive salary of £60K, plus commission scheme to double basic if targets achieved, 25 days’ holiday and share options.

Apply for or read the full job description here

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